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BALROG AWARD WINNER'S SCIENCE FANTASY CLASSIC! Were the alien and his robot here to help or harm humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still and the blockbuster 2008 remake. This story, "Farewell to the Master" (Astounding Science Fiction 1940), with its poignant, haunting last line, would posthumously earn its author, Harry Bates, the coveted Balrog Award (1983). Here is a must-read for any science fiction lover because the motion picture's producers made a key change, and as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story's ironic ending." Discover for yourself what Hollywood left out in the first-ever collection of the best work of the legendary 1930s science fiction idea man, Harry Bates (1900-1981). Rounding out this collection of sophisticated plays-on-ideas that stood traditional science fiction of the era on its head are "A Matter of Size" (1934) and "Alas, All Thinking" (1935). These three short novels, which the Encyclopedia hails as Bates' most "notable stories," have never before been gathered in one book. When you have read them, you will understand why long-time science fiction fans rank them and their creator, Harry Bates, among the greats.
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